July 12, 2010

Cornell Adds Rewkowski to Staff

from press release

ITHACA, N.Y.
– Ben DeLuca, the Richard M. Moran Head Coach of Men's Lacrosse, has announced the hiring of his first assistant coach as Matt Rewkowski will join the staff for the 2011 season as the Mario St. George Boiardi Assistant Coach of Men's Lacrosse. Rewkowski will serve as the team's offensive coordinator and comes to East Hill following four seasons as an assistant coach on the Hofstra staff, where he worked primarily with the Pride offense and goalies.

"I'm really excited to have Matt join the staff," said DeLuca. "When I was named head coach, I knew immediately that I wanted to bring in an offensive-minded assistant and Matt is one of the great young offensive coaches in the country. He has had a lot of success at Hofstra and really helped that program to excel during his time there, but it is his work ethic and character that set him apart in my mind. To be the Mario St. George Boiardi Assistant Coach of Men's Lacrosse is something that I consider to be a special honor and while Matt has fantastic experience as a player and as a coach, he is an even better young man and I'm certain he will be a tremendous role model for our student-athletes."

In his four seasons with the Pride, Rewkowski helped Hofstra to 36 victories, a Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) championship (2008), a CAA regular season title (2009), and three berths to the NCAA tournament (2008, '09, 10). He also had a hand in coaching eight All-Americans, 27 All-CAA selections and six North-South All-Stars.

Rewkowski's work with the Pride offense resulted in the 2010 unit being ranked in the top 10 in the nation in five offensive categories, including scoring offense (fifth – 12.93), scoring margin (fourth – 3.93), points per game (fourth – 20.5), assists per game (sixth – 7.57) and shot percentage (fourth – .352). He also helped Jay Card and Jamie Lincoln to become two of the most dangerous offensive tandems in the entire country, with Card ranking seventh in the nation in points per game (4.08), while Lincoln ranked 11th overall (3.79).

Prior to Hofstra, Rewkowski spent one season as an assistant coach on the scholastic level in Denver, Colo. while he was a member of the Major League Lacrosse's Denver Outlaws. Rewkowski was selected as the 15th pick overall in the 2005 MLL's Collegiate Draft by Baltimore and acquired by the Outlaws with the eighth pick of the 2005 Expansion Draft. Rewkowski tallied 11 goals and 12 assists for the Outlaws in 2006 before going on to play for the New Jersey Pride for two seasons (2007, '08). He had his best year in 2008, recording 29 points on 15 goals and 14 assists in 11 games for the Pride.

Rewkowski had an outstanding collegiate career at both Johns Hopkins and Duke. A senior captain on the Blue Jays' 2005 NCAA championship team, Rewkowski played in 11 games, starting five, and tallied 11 goals and five assists. He also recorded five man-up goals and scored one game-winning goal.

As a junior at Hopkins he was a third-team All-American after finishing the season tied for second on the team with 26 goals, and tied for third with 11 assists. Rewkowski registered at least two points in 12-of-15 games on the year and tallied 12 man-up goals on the season. Included were seven goals and two assists in three NCAA tournament games as the Blue Jays recorded a 13-2 record and advanced to the NCAA semifinals. He scored three goals and added an assist in the NCAA quarterfinals against North Carolina and added three goals in the NCAA semifinals against Syracuse.

Rewkowski played his first two seasons at Duke University where he was an honorable mention All-America selection as a sophomore after finishing the year with a team-high 36 goals and 47 points. As a freshman he finished fifth on the team in scoring with 17 goals and seven assists, including scoring the game-winning goal in overtime against Maryland in the ACC tournament semifinals.

A native of Bethpage, N.Y., Rewkowski was a two-time high school All-American in lacrosse and was the 2001 Nassau County Player of the Year, as well as an All-Long Island football pick at Bethpage High School.

Rewkowski graduated from Johns Hopkins in 2005 with a degree in history.


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